OLM Parent Newsletter

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

"...whoever wishes to be great among you will be your servant; whoever wishes to be first among you will be the slave of all. For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many." Mark 10: 43 - 45


How do your serve Christ in your day to day life?


God, please give me a servant’s heart and lead me on the path that You have created for me to follow.

October is the Month of the Holy Rosary, Mission Month and Respect Life Month

The students from 5B, Mrs. Vasquez's homeroom, will be reciting the Joyful Mysteries this week and we will continue to offer up Pope Francis’ intention for October which is to be present to the poor, the marginalized, and those who have no voice.

Generosity is the Virtue of Month

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SLE Focus for the Month: THOUGHTFUL Catholic Christian Learners

OLM Students are Thoughtful Catholic Christian Learners who . . . .

• Respond to Jesus's call to serve others

• Value the gifts of diversity

• Respect self and others

OLM "Leafalopes" !

The Seventh graders collected the students' MCA "leafalopes" for the Mission Childhood Association during the school wide Liturgy this past Wednesday at the 10:30 Mass. We celebrated Respect Life Month and October as Mission Month. Our OLM Bulldog students were so generous and respectful by donating $1573.05 on the first day of the MCA drive. Students may continue to bring in their "leafalopes" during the entire month of October to their teachers. Kindergarten student envelopes went home this past Friday in their homework bags and so they can return them all next week and up until Halloween. Many thanks again to everyone who participated and those wonderful Seventh Grade Ushers.

Superstars of the Week

Congratulations to the following Super-S.T.A.R.S.:

Kindergarten Justice Natividad

First Nikko Seegmiller

2A Stella Tobias

2B Miguel Tinio

3A Rylan Cruz

3B Kobe Dalisay

4A Karlyne Abila

4B Gabriel Capulla

5A Johnny Lee

5B Noelle Hidalgo

6A Alyssa Chu

6B Zariah Penas

7A Sophia Trapsi

7B Emma Carpio

8A Jaden Dela Cruz

8B Lauren Benson

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Kindergarten at the Rodeo

This past Friday, our Kindergarten Bulldogs took their first ever OLM field trip. They rode on the charter bus to the Grand National Rodeo at the Cow Palace. Enjoy the pictures as they show how much fun our little ones all had.
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OLM Blocks and Stars

The Block letters and Block stars are being awarded today, Wednesday, October 24th, to the following students:

Devan Abiva from 8B together with Ryan Hernandez and Miles Lapid, both from 7B will be awarded the 200 point OLM Block Letter

Upon earning their OLM Block Letters from last year the following earn a star for every 50 points above their original 200 points:

Ryan Jimenez, Christopher Enriquez in 8B and Brandon Chongco in 7B both receive 1st Star

Krista Mananquil from 8B will be receiving her 3rd star.

Aeden Perez from 7B will be receiving two stars, his 3rd and 4th.

Leilani Blecha from 8A will receive her 4th star.

All these points were totaled from last year. Congratulations to all six of you!

200 Club

We recognize parents who have completed 200 or more service hours last school year. Our appreciation goes to the following:

Michelle and Michael Adelsheim

Edwin and Raeli Aguirre

Arnold and Bridgette Bautista

Jevon Bell and Josephine Villa

Janet and Steve Blecha

Jerry and Sharisse Cabatic

Angela and Raymond Chan

Gary and Mary Ann Chongco

Aimee and Tommy Enriquez

Ronnie and Nancy Enriquez

Caroline Villegas and Paul Evangelista

Charles and Greta Floresca

Detdet and Gabriel Lapuz

Harry and Melissa Lee

Michael Macario and Krisna Romero

Reggie and Ronda Mananquil

Rommel and Analiza Medina

Janel and Jenny Molejona

Jocelyn and Rhenish Morales

John and Rhiza Pangilinan

Nicomedes and Cecile Pasco

Jillian and Eric Perez

Kathleen and Michael Reburiano

Mae and Sam Sales

Anthony and Chariss San Diego

Bonnie and Juan Paolo Victorino

Marc and Simonette Villareal

Munson and Daniel Vogt

Michael and Michelle Singh

Derek and Jaydene Hom

Carlo and Catherine Velasco

Ariel and Agnes Dayrit

Gersom and Jennifer Abiva

Jessica and Jeffrey Arcilla

Alan Camarillo and Sharon Cagnayo

Edgardo and Jeannette Cantoria

Jerome and Mary Ann Irabon

Mark and Airene Jacinto

Olivia and Victor Jimenez

Danielle and Erick Pangilinan

Elizer and Ethel Pascual

Philip and May Sue

Leo and Mari Fe Torrea

Katherine and Ernest Trapsi

Jocelyn and Lawrence Villegas

Jennifer and Sheldon Blair

Marjory Calip

Denise and Mark Hamilton

Renato and Arleen Santos

Know Your Classmates Day

Friday, October 26th, is Know Your Classmates Day.

"Know Your Classmates (KYC) is an initiative of Beyond Differences' aimed at combatting hateful language, anxiety, and fear of differences among middle school students. All children in our school communities are affected."

Activities are lined up courtesy of our counselor, Mrs. Lisa Perez, and in coordination with our classroom teachers to celebrate Know Your Classmates Day at Our Lady of Mercy School.

Holy Day of Obligation: All Saints Day

OLM School will be sponsoring the 10:30 Mass on Thursday, November 1st, All Saints Day. The fourth grade class will be participating in the ministries such as cantors, altar servers, lectors, percussionists, and a great rendition of "Oh, When the Saints Go Marching In!" Please come and spend this very Holy Day of Obligation with the OLM Bulldogs at our school-wide Mass.

School-Sponsored Parish Mass

The 10:30 a.m. mass on Sunday, of November, 4th, is a school-sponsored mass. This time, our seventh grade classes are responsible for preparing for the liturgy. The readers, altar servers, and offerers will come from our seventh grade classes. We invite all of you to come and join our parish community even at least once a month. After the 10:30 a.m., please join us for a simple reception at the school main building. Our seventh grade parents will be hosting the post-mass fellowship. Please invite your family, friends, including OLM alumni. We hope to see you all!

All Souls Day, Friday, November 2nd, "The Day of the Dead" (Dia de los Muertos)

OLM will again celebrate our loved ones who have passed on by providing space for the pictures of our relatives, friends and pets in the school foyer. Make sure you place a label who they are and who is remembering them. We will have the display up until November the 15th. You may start bringing the pictures in next week. Drop them off to the school office and Mrs. Noma and Sister Eileen will take very good care of them.

Pink Shirt Day

On Friday, November 9th, OLM will participate in the International Stand Up to Bullying Day. Participants wear a solid colored pink shirt to take a visible, public stance against bullying. The color of the shirts is based on a campaign started by Travis Price and David Shepherd. These two students took a stand for a fellow student who was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school.

Students and staff members may wear a solid colored pink shirt to show their support. All other articles of the school uniform must be worn.

Mrs. Zumbado heading to Florida

Our PE Instructor and Athletic Director here at OLM is heading for Broward County to be inducted into the Broward County Sports Hall of Fame on October 23rd. She and her sister attended St. Thomas Aquinas High School located in South Florida, outside of Miami and will both be leaving on Saturday to receive this great honor. Mrs. Z. was active in discus throwing, volleyball, track and field and softball during her high school years there. But she is now known today as a great Olympiad who participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia and later in the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece. Enjoy your ceremony, Mrs. Z, as we are so proud of you. We will see you back at OLM on Thursday to hear all about it.

Happy Birthday, Ms. Gorman!

It was our Assistant Principal, Ms. Beth Gorman's birthday yesterday, Tuesday, October 23rd. At school, our students had a special celebration during our morning assembly yesterday. Our Student Council presented flowers and a card on everyone's behalf. They, too, led the singing of the birthday song for Ms. Gorman! Happy birthday, Ms. Gorman!

First Quarter Ends on Friday, October 26th!

Please note that the end of the first quarter is on Friday, October 26th. Please speak with your child / children to make sure that all requirements are submitted to their teachers on or before Friday.

Parent Teacher Conferences School

The end-of-the-first quarter Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled on November 5th to the 7th. As in the past school year, we will be using SchoolSpeak for conference scheduling. You can expect an email letting you know that the Conference Scheduling on SchoolSpeak is already open no later than this Friday. Please take the time to schedule your conference with your child's teacher as soon as possible. Thanks.

Friday, October 26th, is . . . . . .

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The Great California Shakeout

Last week, we participated in The Great California Shakeout, an annual earthquake preparedness drill across the state. We encourage you to go over family emergency drill procedures every now and then to ensure preparedness in case of unforeseen emergencies. At school, we will continue to conduct emergency drills all through the school year.

Click on the following link to The Big Five (San Mateo County Immediate Action Response):

The Big Five

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Halloween Festivities

We are going to have our annual Halloween festivities on Wednesday, October 31st. The following are important information on this annual fun event:

Gr. 1- 6 students may come in Halloween costumes in the morning with Kindergarten teachers providing specific instructions for the little ones.

Please note that the following are not allowed:

Face masks

Anything bloody


Toy weapons of any kind

Any handheld props that may be a safety hazard

Students not wanting to be in costumes must be in their school uniforms. It is not a Free Dress Day.

We will still have our regular lunch periods for K – 6th. Hot lunches will still be available on that day.

The Halloween parade for K – 6 starts at 1:45 p.m. Immediately after the parade, classes will return to their classrooms for their respective Halloween celebrations. Please keep the treats as healthy as possible. Please note that Halloween treats may not be distributed until the designated celebration time.

The Halloween Social for 7th and 8th graders begins at 12:30 p.m. at the Church Hall. Same guidelines for K - 6 apply for 7th and 8th graders.

Safety Training

Mr. Burgos and Mr. Nino attended a Safety Training at the Archdiocese last Friday. Shown in the picture is Mr. Nino taking part in the demonstration on the safe use of ladders at the workplace.

It is our commitment to continue our efforts to ensure that our safety procedures are firmly in place at our school.

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Mark your calendar! The Fun Run is happening soon!

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Looking for Fun Run Sponsors

We are looking for sponsors for our upcoming Fun Run. Please help us reach out to family and friends who may want to sponsor this annual fun event. You may request copies of the sponsorship letter in the office. You can also send an email request to ptopresident@olmbulldogs.com.

Sharing an announcement from the City of Daly City . . . . .

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